Welcome to the Labor Solidarity Podcast, where we highlight the work of labor leaders and discuss historic struggles and the importance of organizing with the goal of building international labor solidarity.
The Labor Podcast is hosted by Elise Bryant and Evan Papp.
Elise is President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Executive Director of The Labor Heritage Foundation. Elise is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and labor educator. Elise launched her labor arts career in 1982 as the Artistic Director of the University of Michigan’s labor theatre project, “Workers’ Lives/Workers’ Stories.” She joined the National Writers Union and began her screenwriting career with a script for the documentary, “Porgy and Bess: an American Voice.” She directed the labor jazz opera, “Forgotten,” by Steve Jones and directed the debut of his latest labor jazz opera, “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars.” Elise is a lifetime member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World), a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 1000 as well as Communications Workers of America (CWA)/Newspaper Guild Local 32035.
Evan is the Founder and Executive Producer of Empathy Media Lab that publishes content on labor, political economy, art and culture. He spent much of his professional life working in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia and Jamaica and in Public Affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He recently launched The Political Economy Project to promote the policies that will lead to broad based prosperity for today and future generations.